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- A -
  1. The absent are always in the wrong.
      English Proverb


  2. Abundance, like want, ruins many.
      Romanian Proverb


  3. Adversity makes a man wise, not rich.
      Romanian Proverb


  4. Advice is least heeded when most needed.
      English Proverb


  5. After dark all cats are leopards.
      Native American Proverb (Zuni)


  6. After dinner, rest; after supper walk a mile.
      Arab Proverb


  7. After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box.
       Italian Proverb


  8. The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.
       Swedish Proverb


  9. After the dance the drum is heavy. (Anpre dans tanbou lou.)
      Haitian Proverb


  10. After three days without reading, talk becomes flavorless.
      Chinese proverb


  11. After victory, tighten your helmet chord.
      Japanese Proverb


  12. All cassava get same skin but all nah taste same way.
      Guyanese Proverb


  13. All roads lead to Rome.
      Roman Proverb


  14. All roads do not lead to Rome.
       Slovenian Proverb


  15. All sins cast long shadows.
       Irish Proverb


  16. All sunchine makes the desert.
      Arab Proverb


  17. All things good to know are difficult to learn.
      Greek Proverb


  18. All sunshine makes the desert.
      Arab Proverb


  19. All temptations are found either in hope or fear.
      English Proverb


  20. An Arch never sleeps.
      Hindu Proverb


  21. An army of sheep led by a lion would defeat an army of lions led by a sheep.
       Arab Proverb


  22. An ass is but an ass, though laden with gold.
      Romanian Proverb


  23. An excess of courtesy is a discourtesy.
      Japanese Proverb


  24. An honest man is not the worse because a dog barks at him.
      Danish Proverb


  25. An iron rod bends while it is hot.
      Greek Proverb


  26. An open enemy is better than a false friend.
      Greek Proverb


  27. The anvil fears no blows.
      Romanian Proverb


  28. Ask a lot, but take what is offered.
      Russian Proverb


  29. Ask about your neighbors, then buy the house.
      Jewish Proverb


  30. Ask the experienced rather than the learned.
      Arabic proverb


  31. Ask thy purse what thou should spend.
      Scotts Proverb


  32. At the narrow passage there is no brother and no friend.
      Arab Proverb


  33. Avoid the evil, and it will avoid thee.
      Gaelic Proverb



- B -
  1. A bad agreement is better than a good lawsuit.
      Italian Proverb


  2. Bad is never good until worse happens.
       Danish Proverb


  3. A beautiful funeral doesn't guarantee heaven.(Bel anteman pa di paradi.)
      Haitian Proverb


  4. Beauty without virtue is as a flower without perfume.
      French Proverb


  5. A bed bug has a hundred children and says how few.
      Arabic Proverb


  6. Bed is the poor man's opera.
      Italain Proverb


  7. The beetle is a beauty in the eyes of its mother.
      Egyptian Proverb


  8. The beginning is the half of every action.
       Greek Proverb


  9. Be happy while you're living, For you're a long time dead.
      Scottish Proverb


  10. Behind an able man there are always other able men.
       Chinese Proverb


  11. Below the navel there is neither religion nor truth.
      Italian Proverb


  12. Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.
      Chinese Proverb


  13. Be on your guard against a silent dog and still water.
       Latin Proverb


  14. Be Prepared
      Boy Scout Motto


  15. Be slow in choosing a friend, but slower in changing him.
      Scottish Proverb


  16. The best answer to anger is silence.
      German Proverb


  17. The best armor is to keep out of range.
      Italian Proverb


  18. The best soldiers are not warlike.
      Chinese Proverb


  19. The best way to put an end to bed bugs is to set fire to the bed.
      Mexican Proverb


  20. Be thine enemy an ant, see in him an elephant..
      Turkish Proverb


  21. Better a lie that soothes than a truth that hurts.
      Czech Proverb


  22. Better a mouse in the pot than no meat at all.
      Romanian Proverb


  23. Better an egg today than a hen tomorrow.
      Italian Proverb


  24. Better be ill spoken of by one before all than by all before one.
      Scottish Proverb


  25. Better be quarreling than lonesome.
       Irish Proverb


  26. Better do a kindness near home than go far to burn incense.
      Chinese Proverb


  27. Better to bend than break
      Scotts Proverb


  28. Better to light one candle than to curse the darkness
      Chinese Proverb


  29. Better to lose the anchor than the whole ship.
      Dutch Proverb


  30. Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out.
       Italian Proverb


  31. Beware of a man of one book.
      Latin Proverb


  32. Beware of a man's shadow and a bee's sting.
      Burmese Proverb


  33. Beware of a man that does not talk and a dog that does not bark.
      Portuguese Proverb


  34. Beware of the young doctor and the old barber.
      Benjamin Franklin


  35. Beyond the mountains, more mountains. (Dye mon, gen mon.)
      Haitian Proverb


  36. The big thieves hang the little ones.
      Czech Proverb


  37. Big tree fall down, goat bite he leaf.
      Guyanese Proverb


  38. The biting fly has no one to come to his aid in trouble.
      Ashanti Proverb


  39. A bit of fragrance always sticks to the hand that gives you roses.
      Chinese Proverb


  40. The blind man is laughing at the bald head.
       Persian Proverb


  41. A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.
      Chinese Proverb


  42. A borrowed drum never makes good dancing. (Tanbou prete pa janm fè bon dans)
      Haitian Proverb


  43. By asking for the impossible, obtain the best possible.
      Italian Proverb


  44. The busy fly is in every man's dish.
      Spanish Proverb


  45. By learning you will teach; by teaching you will learn.
       Latin Proverb



- C -
  1. Call on God, but row away from the rocks.
      Indian Proverb


  2. The camel carries the load, but it is the tick that complains.
      Moroccan Proverb


  3. Charity sees the need, not the cause.
      German Proverb


  4. Children are a poor man's wealth.
      Danish Proverb


  5. Choose a wife with your ears, not your eyes.
      French Proverb


  6. The church is near, but the way is icy, The tavern is far, but I will walk carefully.
      Ukranian Proverb


  7. A closed mind is like a closed book; just a block of wood
      Chinese Proverb


  8. The cobbler always wears the worst shoes.
      English Proverb


  9. Complain to one who can help you.
      Yugoslav Proverb


  10. Confessed faults are half mended.
      Scottish Proverb


  11. The constitution is paper, bayonets are steel. (Konstitisyon se papie, bayonet se fe.)
      Haitian Proverb


  12. The country rooster dows not crow in the town.
      African(Swahili) Proverb


  13. Cows forget that they were calves.
      Russian Proverb


  14. The crow that mimics a cormorant is drowned.
       Japanese Proverb


  15. Cuando amor no es locura, no es amor.
    (When love is not madness, it is not love.)
       Spanish Proverb



- D -
  1. Danger and delight grow on one stalk.
       English Proverb


  2. A deaf husband and a blind wife are always a happy couple.
      French Proverb


  3. Debts are like children: the smaller they are the more noise they make.
      Spanish Proverb


  4. Deceive the rich and powerful if you will, but don't insult them.
       Japanese Proverb


  5. The deeper the sorrow the less tongue it hath.
       The Talmud


  6. Deliberate often--decide once.
       Latin Proverb


  7. Deviate an inch, lose a thousand miles.
      Chinese Proverb


  8. A dimple in the chin; a devil within.
       Irish Proverb


  9. The doctor is to be feared more than the disease.
       Latin Proverb


  10. The dog's kennel is not the place to keep a sausage.
      Danish Proverb


  11. The dog wags his tail, not for you, but for your bread.
      Portuguese Proverb


  12. Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will be like him yourself.
      Miscellaneous Proverb


  13. The donkey sweats so the horse can be decorated with lace. (Bourik swe pou chwal dekore ak dentel.)
      Haitian Proverb


  14. Do not bathe if there is no water.
      Shan Proverb


  15. Do not be in a hurry to tie what you cannot untie.
      English Proverb


  16. Do not employ handsome servants.
      Chinese Proverb


  17. Do not lengthen the quarrel while there is an opportunity of escaping.
       Latin Proverb


  18. Do not protect yourself by a fence, but rather by your friends.
      Czech Proverb


  19. Do not push the river, it will flow by itself.
      Polish Proverb


  20. Do not put your spoon into the pot which does not boil for you.
      Romanian Proverb


  21. Do not rejoice over what has not yet happened.
      Egyptian Proverb


  22. Do not speak of a rhinoceros if there is no tree nearby.
      African(Zulu) Proverb


  23. Do not stand in a place of danger trusting in miracles.
      Arab Proverb


  24. Do not throw the arrow which will return against you.
      Kurdish Proverb


  25. Do not wrong or hate your neighbor for it is not he that you wrong but yourself.
      Native American Proverb (Pima)


  26. Don't be too sweet lest you be eaten up; don't be too bitter lest you be spewed out.
      Jewish Proverb


  27. Don't dig your grave with your own knife and fork.
      English Proverb


  28. Don't empty the water jar until the rain falls.
      Philippine Proverb


  29. Don't fall before you're pushed.
      English Proverb


  30. Don't let your sorrow come higher than your knees.
      Sweedish Proverb


  31. Don't live in a town where there are no doctors.
      Jewish Proverb


  32. Don't make use of another's mouth unless it has been leant to you.
      Belgian Proverb


  33. Don't offer me advice; give me money
      Spanish Proverb


  34. Don't open a shop unless you know how to smile.
      Jewish Proverb


  35. Don't run too far, you will have to return the same distance.
      Biblical Proverb


  36. Don't shake the tree when the pears fall off themselves.
      Slovakian Proverb


  37. Don't speak unless you can improve on the silence.
      Spanish Proverb


  38. Don't spoil the ship for a ha'pworth of tar.
      English Proverb


  39. Don't stay long when the husband is not at home.
       Japanese Proverb


  40. Don't think there are no crocodiles because the water is calm.
      Malayan Proverb


  41. Don't throw away the old bucket until you know whether the new one holds water.
      Sweedish Proverb


  42. Drink nothing without seeing it; Sign nothing without reading it.
      Spanish Proverb


  43. Dwell not upon thy weariness, thy strength shall be according to the measure of thy desire.
      Arab proverb



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